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Old 01-11-2011, 04:34 PM
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De-facto visa app: advice on structure/presentation

Hi,

My gf and I are in the middle of completing a a de-facto visa application(for her) with the aim of moving back to oz sometime this year.

Iíve got a few questions below which I havenít been able to find answers to on here or elsewhere. Apologies if they are about and I just havenít looked hard enough.

Structure Ė We're fairly happy with the amount of evidence we've got but how do people recommend we structure and present the statements, documentation and supporting material?

e.g. Did other people write their statements and then add references to supporting material which are in some kind of appendix. For example the statement may say something like: ďLaura and I took our first holiday together in December, 2008 when we visited Italy (see Items 11 & 12)Ē ... which would then be copies of travel docs and photos from the holiday with short descriptions written against them?

Any tips on how to present the evidence and statement would be great as there doesnít seem to be anything about that in any of the documentation.

I guess what I'm after as well is how much context do you have to put the supporting material into? Did people just send their joint bank statement copies in or did you explain different payments in and out? I wasn't going to bother with day to day things like rent and bills as I felt they are self evident

Health check Ė how long are these valid for? Is my gf gets it done now and we donít lodge the application for another month or so is that an issue?

Length of time between visa being approved and arriving in the country Ė Iíve been reading some of the documentation and there seems to be an unspecified period of time allowed between the visa being granted and arriving in the country. Does anyone know what that period of time usually is?

We have lots of stuff to sort in the UK and we were hoping to travel for a while on the way back to Oz.

Finally my gf has to list every country she has visited in the last 10 years Ė is this literally just a list? Are accurate dates needed? We both travel a lot and I donít think sheíll be able to remember absolutely every trip abroad she has made.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

Thanks,

Alex


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Making references from a statement is OK alex and having them all in order with an index is fine too but do try and minimise rather maximise whilst still covering essentials and make sure you use the Checklist of the applying section and include that as stipulated and that can be kind of like the master index, ie. everything in order as shown on that.
A bank statement by itself could be a bit meaningless though if relevant payments were highlighted it'll the meaning will be much more recognisable.
Have you read the sticky thread by elkitten for some tips btw.
Countries visited should be compiled with as nuch accuracy as possible and that applies to the whole application and sometimes it can take a bit of effort and I'm sure if your Gf puts her mind to it, the trips will all come flowing back.

As for a medical, they have a 12 months validity and so the danger in doing one too early is that it could become invalid by the time the visa is ready for granting or close to invalid and so therefore limiting the move to Australia time for when a visa is issued, it will have a latest enter by date which is often the 12 months anniversary of doing the medical, the extent of its validity.

She'll not need to be in the UK when a medical is done and can do it with the nearest Immi listed medical service of any country, so that itself need not affect travelling plans though it'll not hurt to advise London House when setting off and maintaining an email address for contact, the visa needing to be granted before entering Oz or visitor visa attained and another trip out would need to be arranged.





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She'll not need to be in the UK when a medical is done and can do it with the nearest Immi listed medical service of any country, so that itself need not affect travelling plans though it'll not hurt to advise London House when setting off and maintaining an email address for contact, the visa needing to be granted before entering Oz or visitor visa attained and another trip out would need to be arranged.
Thanks for getting back to me. Just to clarify. We weren't planning on heading off to travel before the visa is granted. We were hoping to do some travel between when it's granted and when we arrive in Oz. What I wanted to check was: generally how long do you have between when the visa is granted and when you have to arrive in Oz? I assume it's not the year that the health certificate is valid for?


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Thanks for getting back to me. Just to clarify. We weren't planning on heading off to travel before the visa is granted. We were hoping to do some travel between when it's granted and when we arrive in Oz. What I wanted to check was: generally how long do you have between when the visa is granted and when you have to arrive in Oz? I assume it's not the year that the health certificate is valid for?
Hi, when your partner's visa is granted she'll have 1 year from the date of her police certificate / medicals (whichever one has the older date) to make initial entry into Australia.

So if you want to maximise the amount of time you have before she has to enter Australia to validate her visa, you should wait as long as possible before getting the police cert and medical sorted.

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So just putting that in months, if the application was put in complete with medical/police attained week before and say it took six months for processing to grant stage there'd nominally be six months before the first entry had to be made.
Alternately, wait until requested for the medical/police and it could be just six weeks say from then to visa grant date and so there'd nominally be ten months before first entry.
Going the other way and say you do the medical/police up front and for some reason further information is requested or there is otherwise a delay of say an additional three/four months to granting and you would just be left with two months for first entry though in some such cases there can be an additional three months granted.





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Great. Thanks so much for the info guys.

Are processing times usually 6 months or was that just for arguments sake? I've heard a few people say they are quicker than that. Better get on it if they are that long!


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They have been stretching out a bit this financial year and the times do vary.





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